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Lake Walen
Lake Walenstadt
Walensee Unterterzen-2.jpg
Walensee and Unterterzen, Quarten
Karte Walensee.png
Location St. Gallen, Glarus
Coordinates 47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200Coordinates: 47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200
Primary inflows Linth (Escherkanal), Seez, Murgbach
Primary outflows Linth canal
Basin countries Switzerland
Surface area 24.19 km2 (9.34 sq mi)
Average depth 104.7 m (344 ft)
Max. depth 151 m (495 ft)
Water volume 2.5 km3 (2,000,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time 1.4258 years
Surface elevation 419 m (1,375 ft)
Islands Schnittlauchinsel
Settlements Walenstadt, Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, Murg

The Walensee is one of the larger lakes in Switzerland. About 2/3 of its surface in the Canton of St. Gallen and about 1/3 in the Canton of Glarus. It is also known as Lake Walen or Lake Walenstadt, after Walenstadt. Other towns and villages at the lake include: Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, and Murg.

The three main rivers leading to this lake are the Seez, Murgbach, and Linth. The latter continues its course from Walensee to Lake Zurich. The Schnittlauchinsel, located at the eastern end of the lake, is the only island in the Walensee.

The Churfirsten range raises steeply on the north side from the lake's level at 419 m to 2,306 m above sea level. On the south, the lake is overlooked by the massif of the Mürtschenstock, culminating at 2,441 m. The highest point of the lake's drainage basin is the Tödi (3,614 m).[1]

The lake provided the inspiration for a solo piano piece by Hungarian romantic composer Franz Liszt, called Au lac de Wallenstadt. The piece is part of a collection of solo piano works inspired by the composer's travels to Switzerland in the 1830s.

As seen from the Flumserberg



  1. ^ 1:25,000 topographic map (Map). Swisstopo. Retrieved 2014-07-30.

External links

  • Media related to Walensee at Wikimedia Commons
  • Waterlevels of Walensee at Murg

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